Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018: Our Top Picks

Published on September 18, 2018
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The Lavazza Italian Film Festival needs no introduction: it has become a hotly attended fixture on Perth’s calendar with excellent films, exciting events and a killer opening party to attend through its three week season. This year, the Festival runs from 27 September to 17 October with screenings at both Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX. You can check out the full program over here, or stick around to hear about the flicks we just won’t miss!

Loro (2018, Dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
Acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino brings us the story of Italy’s most famous Prime Minister – Silvio Berlusconi – through the corruption and hedonism. Originally released in Italy as two parts, it’s coming to the Festival as a 150-minute epic.
Showing as part of the Opening Night Gala at Cinema Paradiso on Thursday 27 September at 6:45pm and as part of the Opening Night Reception at Luna on SX at the same date and time. It will also screen at Cinema Paradiso on Friday 28 September 6pm, Tuesday 2 October 3:20pm, Saturday 6 October 8:40pm, Wednesday 10 October 3:20pm, Saturday 13 October 6:30pm and at Luna on SX on Saturday 29 September 8:50pm, Monday 1 October 11am, Sunday 7 October 6pm, Monday 8 October 11am.

Suspiria (1977, Dir. Dario Argento)
I’m a big Dario Argento fan – he’s one of the absolute masters of the horror genre. So a few years back when I had the chance to see his 1977 classic Suspiria on the big screen I jumped at the chance. Now there’s another opportunity and I urge all horror fans to get tickets! It’s a supernatural horror story set in a prestigious dance studio and filmed in vibrant Technicolour.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso, Wednesday 17 October, 6:30pm as part of the Closing Night celebrations, and on the same night at 7pm at Luna on SX for the film only.

Nonnas on the Run (2017, Dir. Laszlo Barbo, pictured above)
A road movie about two grandmothers who run away from their retirement home and head for Venice for their dream holiday.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on Thursday 4 October at 4:20pm and Monday 8 October 6:30pm, at Luna on SX on Friday 5 October 6:30pm and Friday 12 October 11am.

Like a Cat on a Highway (2017, Dir. Riccardo Milani)
This was the most popular local feature in Italian cinemas lat year, and the smash hit is coming to Perth for a whopping 7 screenings. It’s about two characters who are worlds apart, working towards the same goal – to stop their children from dating one another. A comedy that promises some surprising twists.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on Friday 28 September 9pm, Sunday 7 October 6pm, Tuesday 9 October 2pm, Monday 15 October 4:15pm plus at Luna on SX on Thursday 4 October 11am, Friday 5 October 8:40pm, Sunday 14 October 8:10pm.

There’s No Place Like Home (2018, Dir. Gabriele Muccino)
An extended family reunion in celebration of a 50th wedding anniversary is the backdrop for this drama, set on the Italian island of Ischia. Each member of the family has their own circumstances to wrestle with, alone and with each other, over the two days and nights they spend under one roof.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on Wednesday 3 October 1:40pm, Sunday 7 October 11am, Monday 8 October 4:10pm, Thursday 11 October 6:30pm, Sunday 14 October 8:45pm and at Luna on SX on Saturday 29 September 6:30pm, Saturday 13 October 8:45pm.

The Guest (2018, Dir. Duccio Chiarini, pictured above)
When 40 year old Guido splits up with his girlfriend, he is put up by various friends and family, giving him a unique insight into the lives of his loved ones.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on Sunday 30 September 10:50am, Friday 12 October 2pm, Tuesday 16 October 6:30pm and at Luna on SX on Wednesday 3 October 11am, Saturday 6 October 9pm, Tuesday 9 October 6;30pm.

The Girl in the Fog (2018, Dir. Donato Carrisi)
Based on his own best-selling novel, Donato Carrisi directs this thriller set in a mountain village after the disappearance of a teenage girl.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on Saturday 29 September 3:45pm, Monday 1 October 6:30pm, Thursday 4 October 6:30pm, Monday 15 October 1:30pm and at Luna on SX Sunday 7 October 3:15pm, Friday 12 October 6:30pm, Tuesday 16 October 9pm.

Naples in Veils (2017, Dir. Ferzan Ozpetek)
Another thriller, this one set in the southern Italian city of Naples. Adriana hits it off with younger man Andrea, but when he stands her up we discover there’s a murder mystery involved.
Screening at Cinema Paradiso on 30 September 1pm, Tuesday 9 October 6:30pm and at Luna on SX Monday 1 October 8:40pm, Tuesday 16 October 6:30pm.
There are also three other Ozpetek movies screening as part of the Festival: Facing Windows, Ignorant Fairies and Loose Cannons. You can’t go wrong with Ferzan Ozpetek!

Now that’s just the surface of the program; to check out all the films head to and we do recommend you buy tickets ahead of time, which you can do from the box office or online, to avoid missing out. Buon divertimento!

Cinema Paradiso, the ‘home’ of film festivals in WA is again open for business after recent renovations and a change in management back to its roots as a fully-owned Palace Cinema and will debut its new look at the opening night gala of the Lavazza Italian International Film Festival 2018.

Under the Palace Cinemas banner, Cinema Paradiso will continue to deliver the best of arthouse, independent and contemporary cinema from around the globe across four fully-licensed screens. Cinephiles can be assured that Palace Cinema Paradiso will still honour the Luna Palace loyalty card, at the same pricing.

Claire Trolio

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